Diane Carson

Diane Carson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
82% Green Book (2018) As Dr. Don Shirley, Mahershala Ali embodies the inflexible gravity of his self-image.‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
91% Widows (2018) As always, Davis commands and rewards a viewer's attention. Steve McQueen has superbly reinterpreted the cookie-cutter heist genre as an absorbing drama.‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
94% Wildlife (2018) Adapted from Richard Ford's book of the same name, Dano and his partner Zoe Kazan have made one of the most insightful, deeply intelligent, and profoundly moving films of the year in Wildlife.‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
58% The Front Runner (2018) The Front Runner is brilliant and engrossing on its own terms. With its unmistakable relevance, it's downright disturbing.‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
80% Boy Erased (2018) Above all, however, Lucas Hedges as Jared carries the film, more often watching and subtly reacting rather than overplaying his own heartache moving to acceptance.‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
82% Instant Family (2018) Instant Family is a charming film that has a heartfelt message. What a great combination.‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
92% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) As usual, the Coens have reinterpreted our mythic tales and jolted our imaginations.‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) McCarthy said she purposely resisted toning down Lee's antisocial, caustic, angry and miserable attributes. It is striking, then, that McCarthy's award-worthy performance as a decidedly unlikable woman is exactly what makes Lee Israel so captivating.‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
87% All About Nina (2018) Only Common as Rafe offers the energy and appeal that consistently buoys this character study.‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
88% First Man (2018) Director Damien Chazelle's First Man puts that phenomenally difficult, dangerous event in the context of the wonder, the terror, the tragedies and the triumph that go along with it.‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
79% 22 July (2018) There's no sane way to comprehend such horror, but, significantly, July 22 honors Norway's strength and knows where the heart belongs.‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
98% Free Solo (2018) It is breathtaking and terrifying.‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) It's the feel-good film of the year exactly when we need one.‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) As Ally Campana, a gem in the rough, Lady Gaga is dynamite.‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) As with his politics, Michael Moore's documentaries have never been subtle. So Fahrenheit 11/9 comes as no surprise with its compelling, vibrant approach to contemporary American issues.‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
91% We the Animals (2018) Based on the novel by Justin Torres, director Jeremiah Zagar shows a solid grasp of this boy's challenging situation.‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
97% Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda (2018) But the primary appeal of "Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda" comes from following this humble, quiet man as he reminisces, composes, and contemplates nature.‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
No Score Yet Swimming to Ferguson (2018) [Henry Biggs'] wife, son, and support staff take us on a daunting adventure with some beautiful cinematography.‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
59% White Boy Rick (2018) Always authentic, never condescending in its tone, this world unfolds through exceptional performances.‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
84% The Wife (2018) Above all, the awareness of the sacrifices Joan and of so many other women gives "The Wife" an important, still relevant intensity.‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
55% The Bookshop (2018) Helping with a needed shift to laidback receptivity are self-assured performances by Emily Mortimer as Florence Green, Patricia Clarkson as Violet Gamart and Bill Nighy as the reclusive Edmund Brundish.‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
65% The Little Stranger (2018) "The Little Stranger" includes gothic elements but doesn't bring them to life.‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
92% Searching (2018) As David, John Cho handles it all entirely convincingly, alternating between concerned and infuriated, bobbing and weaving with the demands of detective Vick, a fine Debra Messing.‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
99% McQueen (2018) Shots seldom last more than a few seconds, music pumps up the emotion, and flashy camerawork dominates, all of this complementing a tribute to what is really McQueen's performance art.‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
71% Christopher Robin (2018) Not colorful or splashy, the cinematography keeps the magical world front and center.‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
88% Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2018) The litany becomes repetitive and, frankly, quite dull even if mostly truthful.‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
86% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Director Desiree Akhavan, cinematographer Ashley Connor and editor Sara Shaw have here an accomplished, straightforward drama, one with compassion and honest acceptance for each of us finding and embracing ourselves.‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
53% Papillon (2018) Paraphrasing the great director John Huston, it is folly to remake great films; only good stories badly made should be tackled.‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
No Score Yet River to the Heart (2017) A former St. Louisan, [director Eddy l. Harris] confesses his love of New Orleans but clearly embraces all the Mississippi River offers. As such, he's a fine companion for a leisurely trip.‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
100% Leave No Trace (2018) Adapted by director/co-writer Debra Granik and Anne Rosselini from Peter Rock's 2009 novel "My Abandonment," Granik shows the same profound, compassionate understanding of human relationships showcased in her breakout hit "Winter's Bone."‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
94% Big Sonia (2017) In a documentary as heartwarming as it is heartbreaking, directors Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday chronicle this 91-year-old, amazing woman in "Big Sonia."‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
No Score Yet The Experimental City (2017) "The Experimental City" educates us to an important, relevant chapter in imaginative design.‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
86% Mountain (2018) While not in-depth on any one element, this overall meditative, fairly solemn consideration delivers a moving tribute to nature and a provocative examination of individuals confronting our highest peaks.‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
83% Strangers on the Earth (2018) On-camera observations offer few surprising insights, though the exploration is certainly admirable.‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
88% American Animals (2018) "American Animals" twists and turns conventional heist movie formulas into a riotous blend, thereby delivering a wildly creative, tragicomic remix.‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
100% The Great Silence (Il grande silenzio) (1968) Make no mistake, the ugliness of violence and greed comes through a dark, savage story with an incredibly brutal conclusion.‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) It is wonderfully uplifting in those increasingly rare instances when we learn that a dear television star is, in fact, the persona he projects.‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) The problems extend from characterization to plot.‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
69% The Seagull (2018) Good actors love sinking their teeth into the vortex of intertwined, colliding lives with irreconcilable priorities and/or personalities. All of this is on display in director Michael Mayer's new cinematic adaptation of "The Seagull."‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
95% Becks (2018) Amidst often awkward reintroductions to her former high school pals, Becks is hanging on, finding herself in this honest, appealing profile that respects the daily struggles of a resilient, but adrift woman.‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
93% Beast (2018) The pas-de-deux between Moll and Pascal has a rare emotional register due primarily to Jessie Buckley's astonishing and frightening performance as Moll.‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
86% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) Juliette Binoche convincingly steers Isabelle through her many moods and lovers, as accessible an actress as can be found. The men deliver solid self-effacing performances without a hint of vanity.‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
94% RBG (2018) Already on my list as one of the year's best documentaries...‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
84% The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin) (2018) With a tantalizing title, "The Third Murder" is one of the best films of the year.‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
33% Racer and the Jailbird (Le Fidèle) (2018) An episodic, superficial presentation of two intersecting characters, the plot zig zags through scenes of Gino and Bibi talking, having unappealing sex, driving and talking, stealing and repeating the pattern.‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
97% The Rider (2018) In tune with the majestic sweep of the Badlands landscape, director [Chloe] Zhao casts a spell.‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
95% A Quiet Place (2018) This glorious call to our senses comes courtesy of co-writer/director John Krasinski's technical achievements, including dazzling camera angles and striking compositions, plus superb performances.‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
82% Where Is Kyra? (2018) Watching Michelle Pfeiffer's enactment of this woman as a hyperaware and yet disempowered character urges me to more carefully observe this world of so many virtually invisible and needy individuals.‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2018
93% Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story (2018) As heartbreaking as the elephants' shocking situation is, it is equally heartwarming to watch the joy of the compassionate humans and of the animals as they learn they're free and thrive.‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2018
74% Final Portrait (2018) Writer/director Stanley Tucci has patience beyond mine for what Lord, one of Giacometti's biographers, conveys as a painfully slow process, escaped in precious few scenes. ‐ KDHX (St. Louis)
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018